Suzi Tipper

Photo of Suzi with Bishop Lee at her LicensingI was born in 1950 in Norbury SW16, where I went to the Baptist Church at the end of my road and belonged to the Girls Brigade. I lived in South London until I was 14 when we moved to Wallingford in Oxfordshire. Quite a culture shock!

I met my husband, Dave, there and we married in 1972 at the Baptist Church that I attended at the time. We lived in North London, Northamptonshire and Bedford, and finally moved to Wiltshire in 1978. We have lived in the Leigh since 1980 and I began attending All Saints Church in the village. Dave and I have three children, who all attended the village primary school and then Bradon Forest School in Purton.

I originally worked as an accounts clerk before the children were born when I became a full time mum. While the children were young I joined the Leigh PCC and became a school governor too. Returning to work I became a Funeral Director with the Co-op and took my diploma. I worked full time at this for ten years. I retired in December 2011 and was licensed as a lay minister in February 2012. I still work in a casual capacity for the Co-op Funeral Service.

In my role as a lay minister I am the Anglican half of Cricklade Messy Church and help at Ashton Keynes. I also enjoy helping with Open the Book (school assemblies) in Cricklade and Ashton Keynes, and take Funerals and other services when asked.

I love singing and am a member of the Ashton Keynes Village Choir and sing with Cricklade Church Choir as often as I can. I am the secretary for Churches Together in Cricklade, Latton, Ashton Keynes and Leigh.

I used to ride until I retired my mare and I still look after her and my daughter’s pony, as well as a Maine Coon housecat! My hobbies (when time allows) include reading, music, watching films and theatre, eating out and going on holiday with my husband.